10 Reasons Why Your Mom is Freakin' Awesome (Mrs. Goldberg Style)

Dedicated to my wonderful mothers and grandmothers, Nancy Fry, Peggy Fry (Mimi), Nana Oak & Jan DeWald Ferguson, all who embody the heart of this piece.

Well, it’s that time of year again. Mother’s Day. The one day a year we praise our moms for all the awesome things they do, despite the fact we should be doing this all the time. No doubt, moms are the most underrated people on the planet considering all the work they put in without any expectancy of gratitude.
However...in case you still need the evidence and/or content fodder for your next Mother’s Day card, here are ten reasons why your mom is freakin’ awesome.

1.  She squeezed you into existence. Yeah, yeah, your mom did plenty of post-labor nurturing…and was probably pretty good at it. I get that. But let’s not forget she carried you nine months in her womb…and you didn't even need to pay rent! Her love for you is so strong, she would gladly endure another round of morning sickness, cramping, bloating, constipation and swollen extremities if it meant she could have you again.

2.  She actually listens to you. A mom’s voice is only as good as knowing yours. And let’s just say hypothetically she can’t give you her full attention; at least, she still has your absolute best in mind. So what if your dad is cliché? You got an ally in your mom and her ears are bigger than they look.

3.  She’s not afraid to try. It’s like Pink dedicated the heart of her 2012 hit to her mom. Whether it’s acquiring a new skill on the fly or learning a new dish in the fry, your mom considers you worth it.

4.  She’s everywhere. Granted, this carries a creepy undertone. But think about it. If your mom was omnipresent, chances are this would better our behavior, right? Now thankfully, we have God for this, but still…nothing like a pleasant reminder pointing to a transcendent reality that, in fact, does exist.

5.  She’s not afraid of human contact…a very important quality when you consider it’s necessary for our existence in the first place. But let’s not underestimate the times when her hands meet our head, our back, our shoulders, etc. We’re talking about a supreme example of gratitude expressed through physical affection. If you let her, she will hug you. On second thought, she’ll probably find a way to hug you anyway, so might as well grant her the access and make her feel like a million bucks.

6.  She goes grocery shopping. For sake of word count, we’ll let this be a microcosm for all the major life errands she runs almost every day. To the man, the grocery store is a jungle, but to the money-saving, coupon-cutting mom, it’s a piece of [delicious chocolate] cake…ironic when you consider she’s probably ringing one up at the counter now!

7.  She can keep a secret…or at least make an applaudable effort. Of course, if she were to fail, it would only be because her brilliant attempt somehow backfired. But that’s okay; after all, we live in an ‘A’ for effort culture, right? So forget mum. When it comes to the parental confidant, mom’s the word.

8.  She’s cooler than you think. Want to bless your mom? Give her a couple hours a week to shred the “mom card” and hang out with her in the process. You’ll actually find there’s a hip person under there.

9.  She never takes a day off. I mean, how can you when you’re instilling discipline, dealing with drama and teaching core values while doing all the little things like cooking, sewing and sanitizing. Basically, mothers make parental education a moot point given they are parental education!

10.  She’ll never let go of you. This may sound overwhelming at first, but within the context of horizontal love, there’s no greater expression. There’s just something about a love that not only supports you, but sticks by you as well.

Sure you may not always see eye to eye with your mom, but this doesn’t mean she will ever revoke her “open arms policy”. She made you, she birthed you, she practically slaved so you could have the best upbringing humanly possible. No way she's ever giving up on you.

So as you spend time with your mothers and grandmothers this Mother's Day, remember to honor them as the superheroes they are and the legacy they continue to leave.

"She speaks with wisdom, and faithful instruction is on her tongue. She watches over the affairs of her household and does not eat the bread of idleness. Her children arise and call her blessed; her husband also, and he praises her: Many woman do noble things, but [mothers] surpass them all."  ~ 
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Ferguson Fam said…
Love you too, son. So glad that you are part of our family. Clearly your mama raised you right! lol <3

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